We have all the musicians lined up for our first recording project and they are all truly exceptional. We are looking good to record our Maryland artists September 29-30, and our Colorado artists October 6. What a truly exciting event!
It has taken the contributions of a number of kind people and sponsors to get us here, for which we are incredibly thankful.
Global Z is designed to operate and conduct its projects and daily operations virtually. While a big part of what we do is make exceptional original music, we also educate, facilitate thoughtful conversation, and develop global friendships. While we are well on our way to testing our virtual recording model, we could use some assistance with designing and developing a solution that allows for virtual discussions, discovery, community building and collaboration.
I am thrilled to announce a new partnership between The Global Z Recording Project and the University of New Mexico’s Organization, Information & Learning Sciences (OILS) program.
Under the guidance of Dr. Damien Sanchez, a student team will collaboratively work with us to design and develop a safe virtual communication, teaching and learning, and collaboration environment that can be applied toward our 2019 Phase II North America Project!
We are honored to be working alongside the fine faculty members and students of New Mexico’s flagship university.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Matthew Podschweit of Colorado Springs, for penning a choral arrangement of Come Home. Along with arranging, Matt is an exceptional keyboard talent and can be heard playing with various bands including the Jazz trio, TRĒO! Our very own Bradley Plesz pounds the skins for this fabulous band.
We are most fortunate to once again have the privilege of working with two new University of Colorado Colorado Springs Bachelor of Innovation Student Teams under the guidance of Dr. Jenifer Robertson! At this time, we will refrain from discussing the details of what the teams will be working on, but these are the fourth and fifth BI student teams we have had the pleasure of working with! Global Z has had highly productive results working with the fine young men and women of the BI program, and look forward to an exciting semester providing for real-world teaching and learning experiences in partnership with UCCS BI.
We had a successful test of our virtual recording technologies between Colorado and Maryland last night. Bradley was on drums at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ new and spectacular Ent Performing Arts Center’s. UCCS has a gorgeous recording studio in the Ent Center, and we are fortunate to have access to their facilities. UCCS IT folks worked with Brad and Dr. Jon to make sure the computers were able to talk with each other.
Bradley set up two overhead mics, a mic on snare and a mic on kick drum. We successfully recorded all 4 tracks virtually, yielding high-quality results. Dr. Jon and I were in Jon’s Live Room in Towson, MD, tracking the session and working toward a better a better understanding of how the virtual pieces fit together. There are a few minor issues to work through, but this experience positions us one step closer toward ensuring our recording sessions will be a smashing success!
Think about it… we just successfully recorded a 4-track session between two computers more than 1600 miles apart and achieved high quality results. How cool is that?!? This was great fun!
Special thanks to Bradley, Dr. Jon Cresci, and the folks at UCCS’ IT department, and the UCCS Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA) program.
This past weekend, we were hosted by The Hampton Inn & Suites on Opossumtown Parkway in Frederick, in order to test our virtual communication and recording technologies.
We utilized The Hampton’s Belmont Room as our session Live Room, and interfaced virtually to Dr. Jon Cresci ‘s Control Room in Towson, MD.
The session proved to be highly informative and – while a tech bug or two remain to be tweeked – was largely successful. Next weekend, we test between our Live Room at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ Ent Fine Arts Center, and Jon’s Maryland-based Control Room!
Many thanks to our gracious hosts for accommodating our tech dry run!
We are honored to have a new sponsor – The Hampton Inn & Suites. A special nod of thanks to Reba Beaver, Director of Sales at the Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD location for working with Global Z! In my personal and professional travels, I always default to staying at The Hampton Inn, as I know I can count on a great stay and exceptional customer service.
Here we go, folks! Recording dates are locked in!
We have a Live Room in Frederick, MD, one in Colorado Springs, and a Control Room in Towson, MD. We will be recording our Frederick-based sessions September 29-30, and our Colorado Springs session October 6.
Some very cool stuff evolving behind the scenes I will report on soon 🙂
It is so cool to see this project coming together! Now that our song is selected, we are actively recruiting the necessary musicians. In order to minimize complications, we are recruiting musicians from our networks in Colorado and Maryland. We have some exceptional talent lined up. There are still some logistical challenges to negotiate, but we are looking to schedule recording sessions late this Summer.
The Board Members listened to and ranked all song submissions using a 40 point scoring system. In the end, the tune with the highest tally was “Come Home,” by Maryland-based songwriter Seth Jernigan. There was some tough competition, but at the end of the day, Come Home came through as our choice for Phase I.
Many thanks to all songwriters who took the time to submit a song for us to consider. By taking the time to submit your fine works, you are supporting us and our ability to advance our mission.
Next up, we decide what musicians will be selected to include on our virtual recording sessions. This is about to get very exciting and interesting!